CMJ: Day Two Picks

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10/22/2008 9:00 AM |

Ooh, boy, that sure was fun last night, all that music, huh? (I am writing this on Tuesday morning.) So let’s “pick” some more CMJ “shows” for “you” to “attend” “tonight.”

The magazine’s typically excellent day-by-day picks spotlight some fun stuff happening at the Bowery Ballroom tonight — I’m most interested in the 8pm set, from the Japanese popster Shogu Tokumaru, who specializes in nostalgic Rushmore-soundtrack-y melodies, tricked out with all-natural bells and whistles (he’s said to own more than 100 instruments; I’m going to say that five and a half is the over-under on how many of them are glockenspiels). Unless you take a 2pm lunch today to see him at Cake Shop, this is your only chance to see him during CMJ — he leaves the city tomorrow to open for Magnetic Fields, which is kind of perfect.

Keeping things on the Lower East Side (most music venues per square block in the city, after all), more or less, I would like to draw your attention to the DFA showcase at Santos Party House, particularly the 10pm-ish DJ set from neo-disco dudes Holy Ghost! (emphasis theirs), who’re basically Hercules and Love Affair without the Antony-aided crossover appeal. (Listen to “Hold On” if you don’t believe me.)

And because it’s nice, isn’t it, the idea of the “late show”, we’ll point out Mercury Lounge, where there’s one-time L Band You Need to Hear Bear Hands (sludgy post-punk, retrospective catchy), at midnight , and, after them, Tigercity, who are just straight-up yacht rock at this point, which, wow, just wow.

Then presumably there’s an afterparty I don’t know about.